Redeemer is governed by a plurality of qualified men, who meet the standards of scripture and serve alongside the lead pastor as player-coaches in the life of the church (1 Tim. 3:1-7; 2 Tim. 2:2; Titus 1:5-9). The eldership is
Operating in unity, elders will set the direction of the church as well as guard the church
God calls elders. It is not a title based on popularity, power, or personality. To desire to be an elder is a good thing, but ultimately elders must be qualified by
(Gary Wilcox, Milton Jones, Dane Welch, Melvin Fowler, David Ritchie, Jacob Cates, Kevin Mitchell, David May, Carl Williams, Seth Wieck)
The office of deacon is a position distinguished by leading servants. The Greek word “diakonos” literally means servant. Whereas elders will lead the church through governance, qualified deacons will lead the church through service (1 Tim. 3:8-13). Thus, deacons will have leadership responsibility over many of the practical and ministerial areas of the church. They are the tip of the spear. Unlike the office of elder, which is male-only, Redeemer’s conviction is that the office of deacon is open to both men and women, like Phoebe, mentioned as a diakonos in Romans 16:1.
In addition to the offices of Elders and Deacons, Redeemer will also have Community Leaders who will be trained, assessed, and approved to lead Community Groups. Serving underneath the Community Leaders will be Apprentices who will be learning how to lovingly lead. These roles will be great opportunities for those aspiring to